Friday, August 22, 2008

The Past Few Days...

...Have been consumed mostly in the kitchen, either cleaning up, making a mess, or getting ready to make a mess.

This evening it was nice to not have to cook. Daniel's parents treated us to dinner at the college cafeteria (open to the public for a small fee, all you can eat) and we had a delicious, relaxing meal. Then we went to WalMart for Daniel to get a new pair of shoes for work (as the ones he has now finally have worn plum out), and I successfully got an early start on Christmas shopping!! I bought some CUTE material to make my 4 nephews each a special pillowcase (and they are not old enough to get on-line and read my blog, so I am trusting you parents to not tell them!!). I bought the pattern a few weeks ago, and I cut the pattern out this evening. I can't wait to get the material cut out and sewn up!

Here is what I've been working on in the kitchen:

The corn!! Oh, the corn!! While I am VERY, VERY thankful for this delicious, yellow, juicy, oh-so-good-I-could-eat-it-raw corn from my garden, I was a little mystified at why God created corn worms?? No kidding, there were at least 3 in every ear. It was unusual to see less than 3. It took a LONG time to husk the corn due to these little critters and the gross mess they made. And nope, I wasn't heroic like Daniel and decapitate each worm. It was way too many and it was taking long enough as it was. I think the worms ate almost as much or more corn off these ears than we will get to!!

Here is the results. I saved a dozen ears to eat later, we had about 6 that night with supper, and this is what was left that I cut off and froze. I got 5 quarts and enough to finish out a previous almost-full quart.

And the peaches :) Oh my, these are amazing! I could eat these luscious babies morning, noon and night if it didn't matter. This is 2 1/2 bushel pictured here. I thought I'd taken some "after" pictures, but they weren't on the camera, so I guess not! So far I have canned 9 quarts of "plain" peaches, and 6 quarts of pie filling. That's all that were ripe enough to do anything with yet, but I will probably do something (besides eat some for breakfast, with lunch and supper, snack and dessert....) tomorrow, and for sure will be busy Monday!
And here's what Daniel and I did a little of after we got home from town (only this is just Daniel, I was behind the camera :) ):
It is now late, and I'm about to fall asleep, so I will call it a night!! And yay! Tomorrow is Saturday and I can sleep in if nothing unplanned happens!

So: Goodnight, sleep tight, and don't let the bedbugs bite.


Mama Squirrel said... [Reply to comment]

A return visit from Dewey's Treehouse! Thanks for visiting! Sounds like you are very busy canning right now--we are just getting into that this year.

Sally said... [Reply to comment]

Where do you get the time to do all this stuff, lady bug! Wow! You must work like a dog. Oh, the corn and peaches look so wonderful and like they would taste the best. What variety of corn is that? We do Ambrosia for eating, which is bi-color.

Also, we nearly never have any worms in our corn, or anything else for that matter. Maybe you should dry dusting with Sevin. That works well to keep the beetles off, and usually I only have to do it once for the whole season. I didn't do it at all this year, so the beetles ate the silk off the second planting.

Miriam said... [Reply to comment]

Well, let's see - I have no kids, so I only have to take care of myself during the day, I usually only do 1 load of laundry a day... and this morning I was still so sleepy from canning until the wee hours of the morning that I went back to bed after Daniel left for work!

The corn is Incredible Corn. The best I've had for frozen quality, and very, very good fresh, too. Though I've not tried or had that many varieties. At what stage do you dust with sevin? The second planting is just starting to tassle... I should go out there and dust tomorrow if I can, maybe that will help with the worms.